My July readings

In June, I’ve finished reading only one book – Zrób sobie raj by Mariusz Szczygieł, Polish Czechophile. July was much better for reading. I read or finished reading 6 books, including comics.


  • fantasy/sf – 3 books (1 comic, 1 anthology, 1 novel)
  • based on memories – 2 books.
  • novel – 1 book.


  • India – 2 books (1 comic included).
  • Indonesia – 1 book.
  • Germany – 1 book.
  • Czech/Slovakia – 1 book.
  • Argentina – 1 book.

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In Argentine and Czech – book reviews

Continuing my challenge around the world, I read books: set in Argentine (fiction) and in Czech (non-fiction). Written in few last years (non-fiction) and in 40s (fiction).


Szczury. Przyobleka się w cienie Polish coverTitle: Szczury. Przyobleka się w cienie. (The Rats. Shadow Play)
Author: Jose Bianco.

Language: Polish
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1977

ISBN: 8303005268
Pages: 118.

Two stories set in Argentine, with different characters but both quite psychological. The first one (The Rats) is focused on family and its friends. The second one is a story of a girl, working as a prostitute, and her mentally disabled brother. They are good, nothing exceptional, but both endings are just strong, making the stories memorable and worthy of recommendation.

My opinion: 7/10.

Around the World in 12 Books 2014 ChallengeAlso for the challenge: Around the World in 12 Books.

Book 6/12.


Zrób sobie raj coverTitle: Zrób sobie raj (Make Your Own Paradise)
Author: Mariusz Szczygieł

Language: Polish
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Czarne, 2010
ISBN: 978-83-7536-223-7
Pages: 292, with photos

A book based on interviews with Czech, author’s travels and knowledge. A great book by a famous Polish Czechophile. His style is light, making you either smile or laugh and just making you devour the book. I think there is no need to recommend it to fans of Mariusz Szczygieł (I became one!) or  Czech. I’d recommend it too to those who aren’t interested in Czech or for lovers of quality books.

My opinion: 10/10.

Also for the challenge: Polacy nie gęsi II and 2014 Full House Challenge.

Czech books reviews

It’s a long due review. I finished reading both books I’ll review today in March. Both authors are modern Czech writers, but the topics differ greatly – from science fiction to satire on Czech society.

Both books were read for the What’s in a Name 2014 Challenge and will take part in the Full House challenge. Additionally, Miroslav Kapek’s book is fulfilling the requirements for New Authors 2014  and for the Around the World in 12 books challenges.

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What’s in a Name 2014 list

Some time ago I wrote about a challenge my Indonesian friend, Ren, held. It was “What’s in a Name Reading Challenge 2014” challenge. A challenge to read books with the title using the name of a character.

I decided to go for the lowest level of it – which was 3 to 5 books. And now I see I made a good decision. It was hard for me during those 3 months when it lasted read more books fulfilling the requirements. I joined too many challenges.

The list for the “What’s in a Name Reading Challenge 2014”:

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Currently reading (11 march 2014)

Currently I’m reading:

Polish cover of Josef Nesvadba's Minehava for the Second TimeJosef Nesvadba‘s Drugie wcielenie Minehawy a Polish translation of Minehava podruhé. In English it’s known as Minehava for the Second Time.

Josef Nesvadba (1926-2005) was Czech writer and… psychiatrist. He’s one of the most important Czech science-fiction writers tho it’s not the only genre he was writing.

The three stories (currently reading second) are called by authors as psychofiction genre. The heroes are two psychiatrists and their patients. And machines, that can influence emotions and people’s minds.

The “Minehava for the Second Time” story reminded me so much of Abe Kobo’s “Inter Ice Age 4” which is a good thing, as Kobo’s book is one of my favourites.

So I continue to have a good time reading Josef Nesvadba’s stories. You’ll probably hear about him again, as I’ll be reading (already borrowed from library) an anthology of Czech and Slovak sf stories, where there is another one of Nesvadba’s stories.

From what I know, some of Nesvadba’s stories were also translated into English. If you want to read his works, you’d better check the library or shops with old books.

What are you currently reading?